Wednesday, 30 April 2014

How to Elongate Curly Hair Without Damaging!

I have never found that magical product that will elongate my curls turning them into red carpet waves as (aside from heat tools) this just doesn't exist. There are some things that make a difference though. I would like to point out that shrinkage is not a bad thing, some people love it others not so much. Shrinkage is actually a sign of healthy hair and is an indicator of elasticity, making hair stronger and less prone to breakage. 

If you are reading this wanting to drastically loosen your curls, like everyday, you may be fighting a losing battle. Its one I and many others have fought for a long time and my personal experience of it was exhausting! If you have the stamina, great! I envy the many ways you will be able to mix it up. But for someone like me (my score on a laziness quiz recently was 92/100 *applause*) bowing out of the race was for the best.

But! I do have some less time consuming, gentler approaches that can be done everyday/more often if you are still craving a bit more length!

Take it into Your Own Hands!

The thing I think does the most is not being afraid to get in there and shape your curls yourself. Sometimes they just need a little extra help. I'm talking twisting and twirling the hair. Now I tend to twist the hair rather than twirl it around my finger as I think it is better for elongating but this does cause the hair to go more into ringlets,which is fine for me as my hair is naturally ringlets. If this isn't for you then wrapping the hair around your fingers and pulling slightly will define and should elongate the curl.

 Keep it Hydrated! 

Frizz = Big Hair = Shrinkage. Okay, so I am not great at Maths but I can figure this one out. Making
sure you hair is hydrated and conditioned will prevent frizz. Whilst frizz is not the same as shrinkage if your hair is unhealthy and damaged it will puff up and can make hair look shorter. Leave in conditioners are a great way to keep in extra moisture.


Pineappling at night will help your curls stay intact and stop them from getting squished up in your sleep. I do this every night to sleep as it will also protect hair from frizz, breakage and help keep moisture in. The prevention from breakage will also help your hair retain length and therefore elongate curls.

Sets or Rollers.

I don't tend to use either very often as I find them fairly time consuming but they are very effective at preventing shrinkage. The latest trend seems to be Curlformers and I have heard very good things about them. I have never tried them, but I am definitely considering buying some. If you have some, please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

There are a lot of products out there that claim to reduce shrinkage but I have never found any of these specific products particularly helpful, although again leave me a comment if you have!There are also many different methods that work great for other people they just don't suit my hair type very well. If these ones aren't the ticket then some others you could research are banding and henna. I have tried banding and didn't get on with it but have yet to try henna!


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